"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison said. After North Korea announced a plan to launch a missile strike on the USA territory of Guam will be ready in weeks, Trump warned of catastrophic retaliation. "They're bullying us, because they're used to bullying us, because we've had punks running America ... we've had think-tankers and defense contractors, but we've never had - in recent times, anyway - someone willing to stand up for America". "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy".
"North Korea is a serious thing", the Minnesota Democrat said during a question-and-answer session at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta on Friday.
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On Thursday, Trump responded to critics who insisted his talk was too tough, telling reporters, "Maybe it wasn't tough enough". "Hopefully, Kim Jong-un will find another path".
"Now, what do you want to do, wait for Hawaii to go up in ruins?" he asked.
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As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCaskill said she was confident in US missile defense systems protecting Guam and America's west coast, though she remained anxious about Trump's capabilities in worldwide negotiations.
Beijing's appeal came as North Korea said it could reduce the US mainland to ashes "at any moment".
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"President Trump's threat to rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea is like pouring gasoline on a fire. It would be a case of dramatic revisionism for the Trump Administration to even claim otherwise.
For North Korea, an ICBM established a deterrence in the event of a reunification campaign.
"I subscribe to the Churchillian maxim of "jaw-jaw is always better than war-war" and given the consequences of a potential nuclear war, clearly, we do need to lower the temperature... rather than continuing in this rather bellicose way in which Donald Trump and indeed Kim Jong-un has been doing".
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Victor, too, you can see his quality straight away. "The West Ham supporters I've spoken to are very happy with the new players. But as well it will be my first goal coming back to the Premier League with a club that has shown a lot of confidence in me.
"I've traveled and (seen) the anti-ballistic missiles that we have in Alaska, South Korea, Guam as part of my service on the Armed Services Committee", she added.